An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and up to degree level.
Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at https://www.tameside.ac.uk/Pages/School_Leavers/earn_while_you_learn/apprenticeship_vac.aspx
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 15 months but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a Level 3 Diploma for Hair Professionals, completion of a work-based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in maths and English you will be required to attend college to complete this). You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.
Arrangements for your off the job training
You will attend Tameside College for 35 weeks for 6 hours per day to complete your training where you will learn in both the classroom (i.e. safe working practices, behaviours and communication) and our professional salons (i.e. different styling and cutting)
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
Demonstrate professionalism by maintaining confidentiality and discretion
Research fashion forward trends, using the results to create, plan and promote a collection of hairstyle looks that reflects your own individuality; Analyse the factors that influence the design and creation of the collection of hairstyle looks, including the target audience
Design a range of looks to create a fashion forward collection of hairstyle looks; Carry out precision and personalised cutting tailored to individual client characteristics
Maintain effective and safe methods of working; use and adapt a range of sectioning and cutting guidelines, creative and precision techniques and technical skills to create and enhance the collection of hairstyle looks
Present, showcase and promote your skills though your collection of hairstyle looks via a variety of media types and platforms; Provide a smoothing strengthening service to clients; carry out in-depth consultation and complex analysis of the hair
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor and for the knowledge/technical elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
End Point Assessment
The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves completion of an online 80 minute knowledge test of 40 questions; a 6 hour (maximum) practical assessment and observation and oral questioning with an independent assessor. You will be required to work on 2 models and be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge of cutting, styling and finishing hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks and colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques. You will also be able to demonstrate professionalism, safe working practices, consultation and communication skills.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
Consider a career in hairdressing with many interesting career options including working in a spa, hotel, care home
and cruise ship or holiday resort. Entry into related degree level study such as media make up or a higher or degree level apprenticeship.